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Here’s How The ACC Bowl Selection Process Works

Oct. 27, 2003


The following is the Bowl Selection Process for the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2003 football season. Over the past two years the ACC has seen a 13 of its schools receive post-season invitations, a record for a two-year period, and that includes last year when a record seven ACC schools made Bowl trips. Over the past two years, ACC teams have posted an impressive 8-5 record in Bowl Appearances.
This year the Conference will have as many or more quality choices for post-season bowl games than ever before in its history. The Selection Process for these games is the result of a true partnership between the ACC and its Bowl Partners. Each Bowl makes its own selection with regard to the criteria it believes is important for its game. The Bowl has the financial responsibility for this process and each Bowl also has a responsibility to its own community to create the best possible game for its city.
Although each Conference’s Bowl Selection Process has its own unique specifics, the flexibility in the ACC Selection Procedure is mirrored by virtually every major Conference in the country. Avoiding regular season rematches and consecutive appearances in the same bowl game are two of several situations that require this flexibility.
After the BCS makes its selection or selections, the Toyota Gator Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls have the next choice of ACC teams. The team that they choose, though, must be within one conference win of the next available team in the ACC standings. As an example if the Gator Bowl were to pass on a team with a 6-2 record in the ACC, it could only do so by choosing a team with no less than a 5-3 conference record. It could not choose a team that was 4-4.
The final three bowl games in the Selection Process: The Mazda Tangerine Bowl, the Continental Tire Bowl and the Humanitarian Bowl do not have this stipulation. Each of these bowl games, though off to successful starts, are not as established as the Toyota Gator and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls, and need the additional flexibility to allow them to make the best possible match-ups for their games.


ACC Champion is guaranteed to Bowl Championship Series
If the ACC Champion is #1 or #2 in final BCS Standings, then it goes to the Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 4, 2004 to play in the National Championship Game. If not #1 or #2, then the ACC Champion is likely to be chosen either by the FedEx Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 8 p.m.) or the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2, 8 p.m.). The FedEx Orange Bowl has the option to take either the ACC or the Big East Champion as its host team, but does not have to declare this until BCS Selection Sunday on Dec. 8.


A second ACC team may be chosen as an At-Large BCS team and could be chosen for the FedEx Orange, the Tostitos Fiesta or the Rose Bowl, should that Bowl lose either its Big Ten or PAC 10 host teams.


If no ACC Team selected as BCS At-Large, then:


Toyota Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., (Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. on NBC) has the first selection of ACC teams after the BCS commitments are fulfilled. If not the next available team in the ACC standings, then must be within one conference win of the second-place team. The opponent is the first available Big East team after the BCS selections or Notre Dame.


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. (Jan. 2, 4:30 p.m. on ESPN) has the second pick of ACC teams after the BCS. The team chosen must be within one conference victory of the remaining, highest-ranked ACC team. Opponent is Southeastern Conference’s third or fourth pick after the BCS.


Mazda Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m. on ESPN) has the third pick of ACC teams after the BCS. There is no limitation on Tangerine Bowl’s choice except the team chosen must be bowl-eligible. The opponent is from the Big 12 Conference and could be their fourth through the sixth pick after the BCS, depending on the Big 12’s other bowl commitments.


Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, N. C. ( Dec. 27, likely 11 a.m., ESPN2) has the fourth pick of ACC teams after the BCS. There is no limitation on the Continental Tire Bowl’s choice except team chosen must by Bowl-eligible. The opponent is third choice of a Big East team after the BCS or Notre Dame.


Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho (Jan. 3, 12 Noon, ESPN) has the fifth pick of ACC teams after the BCS. There is no limitation on the Humanitarian Bowl’s choice except the team chosen must be bowl-eligible. The opponent is either the champion, or the second choice of teams in the Western Athletic Conference.

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